Tuesday, December 1, 2009

An INTAR Conference

Hey bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blog. And so I found myself at this INTAR conference at the Kimmel Center, New York University the other day, for some reason or another. And in case you could be wondering who or what INTAR is, Intar stands for International Network Toward Alternatives And Recovery. And I think this is yet another one of those consumer, survivor, provider, possible Alternatives conferences to the mental health death system where everyone gathers to attempt to save the world from psych cia tricks. And that Inter sticker to be found on that folder read something like "INTAR, Rethinking Psychiatric Crisis: Alternative Responses To :First Breaks". And some of those speeches at that conference went something like " Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry, and it could be the marginalized preaching to the converted in the face of the pharmaceutical war and commercial advertising and marketing of psych drugs industry, the consumer survivor, and it could be Ken Kesey's One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, and what does it mean to be diagnosed crazy in a society this itself could be kind of crazy. Who is to say what is normal. And then there was the medications, treatments, danger to self and danger to others, electroshock therapy, released after your insurance runs out, homeless shelters, DSMII manuals, alternatives, yoga, meditation, psychiatric survivors, altered states, psychotic experiences, psychotic episodes, prison industrial complex, psychiatry as bigger than the war industries speeches. And psychiatry can be mass murders in white coats, legalized drug dealers, descendants of Nazi Germany and eugenics, maybe. And can one be for or against big pharma as I have heard it said somewhere before. And some of those workshops and topics in that conference literature they provided included: Why do we need Alternatives, What are the Key Alternatives, multimedia performances and speakers that included Celia Brown, Will Hall, Sue Estroff, Alma Menn, Mary Olson, Ron Bassman, Peter Stastny, David Cohen, Harvey Rosenthal, Kim Hopper, Andy Blanch, Robert Whitaker, Lauren Tenny, Thomas Bock, Laura Prescott and a host of others. And Psychiatry Kills. Abolish Involuntary Forced Psychiatric Treatment. No one is free while others are oppressed. For all things alternatives to the mental death system, David Oaks Mind Freedom and Support Coalition International are a good website to visit. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State?

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